2012 Kalinda Napa Valley Chardonnay

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The 2012 Kalinda Napa Valley Chardonnay comes from one of the top domestic Chardonnay producers, but, as always, as a matter of professional probity we cannot divulge to you who it is. Suffice it to say, this is always among the best bargains in the store--a luscious Chardonnay that would normally sell at a much higher premium.

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By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/23/2013  | Send Email
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The 2012 Kalinda Napa Valley Chardonnay is flat-out delicious! The wine starts off with a gorgeous nose of baked apples, lemon crème, white flowers and hints of butter toffee. The palate comes alive with tropical fruits, butterscotch, pear and hazelnut flavors all deftly balanced against good acidity, firm tannins and complex structure. This wine is drinking great right now and is a worthy follow-up to past vintages. If you have enjoyed Kalinda Chardonnay in the past then you’ll find this to be another incredible value in the long line of Kalinda Chardonnays.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2015

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/17/2013  | Send Email
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A delicious, easy to drink spicy Chardonnay. Some toasty, apply oak on the nose and palate. Rich style but fine acidity and lingering finish.

 By: Big Sky |  Review Date: 3/22/2014 
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Marvelous, and a solid value at this price. Smooth and delightful, with notes of toffee, butter, and floral fruits. I loved the 2011, and frankly this vintage is better.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.